Nordhoff wins heart-stopper; to move on to finals

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Junior defensive back Baylee Rogers (above photo) may have saved Nordhoff’s season with this tackle of B.J. Murillo in Friday night’s semifinal showdown. Rogers not only kept Murillo from scoring a touchdown — he also forced a fumble that was recovered by the Rangers. Nordhoff senior Austin Wolcott (below photo) goes for the strip against Bishop Diego’s Anthony Carter Friday night.(photos by Ken Brown)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

When the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals took the field Friday night in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals, you could cut the tension with a knife and it was obvious the game was going to an entertaining one. The two rivals did not disappoint and they went back-and-forth before NHS won 24-21 in a heart-stopping affair.

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